HORTICULTURE CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (CDP)

To ensure holistic growth of horticulture, Union Minister of Agriculture launched the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme (CDP).
  • In a pilot phase, the programme will be implemented in 12 horticulture clusters covering 11 States/UTs.
  • It is a central sector programme.
  • Implemented by: National Horticulture Board (NHB) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
  • Aim: Growing and developing identified horticulture clusters to make them globally competitive.
  • The programme will benefit about 10 lakh farmers.
  • It is expected to attract an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore when implemented in all the 53 clusters.
  • It will address all major issues including pre-production, production, post-harvest management, logistics, marketing and branding.

Important value additions 

Horticultural crops include:

  • Tree, bush and perennial vine fruits;
  • Perennial bush and tree nuts;
  • Vegetables (roots, tubers, shoots, stems, leaves, fruits and flowers of edible and mainly annual plants);
  • Aromatic and medicinal foliage, seeds and roots (from annual or perennial plants);
  • Cut flowers, potted ornamental plants, and bedding plants (involving both annual or perennial plants); and
  • Trees, shrubs, turf and ornamental grasses propagated and produced in nurseries for use in landscaping or for establishing fruit orchards or other crop production units.
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